COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit record for fifth straight day as lockdown looms

23 October 2021, 12:44 PM
Russia reported 1 075 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, its fifth straight daily record, as the authorities prepare to shut workplaces countrywide and lock down the capital.
Ex-Giuliani associate Parnas found guilty of violating US campaign finance law 23 October 2021, 4:29 AM

A federal jury on Friday convicted Lev Parnas, a one-time associate of Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, of violating US campaign finance laws during the 2018 elections.

Colombian wanted in Haiti assassination to be extradited from Jamaica -Colombia police 22 October 2021, 10:01 PM

Jamaica will extradite a former Colombian military member implicated in the assassination offormer Haiti President Jovenel Moise to Port-au-Prince, Colombia's police chief said on Friday.

Colonialism permeated patriarchy across regions and its legacy continues: Dr Mofokeng 22 October 2021, 3:27 PM

Colonialism has permeated patriarchy across regions and its legacy continues today through laws, policies and practices that deny or restrict sexual and reproductive rights and criminalise gender diverse identities and consensual adult same-sex acts, explains Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng.

China warns Slovaks, Czechs of retaliation for Taiwan minister visit 22 October 2021, 11:26 AM

Beijing warned Slovakia and the Czech Republic on Friday that nobody should harbour any illusions about the "necessary measures" China will take to defend its sovereignty, ahead of a visit to both countries next week by Taiwan's foreign minister.

United States would come to Taiwan’s defense: Biden 22 October 2021, 9:10 AM

The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday, though the White House said later there was no change in policy towards the island.

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions 22 October 2021, 5:33 AM

Melbourne residents flocked to the city's pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world's most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19.

New Zealand’s Ardern keeps going as earthquake disrupts live event 22 October 2021, 3:55 AM

New Zealand's Prime Minister,Jacinda Ardern, paused briefly as an earthquake rattled the capital Wellington on Friday while she was addressing the nation in a coronavirus briefing, but then continued speaking.

Outgoing UN envoy says Myanmar has spiraled into civil war 22 October 2021, 3:43 AM

Myanmar has spiraled into civil war following a military coup, the outgoing UN special envoy on Myanmar said on Thursday, warning that the chance to return to democracy is disappearing and signaling that further targeted sanctions could be helpful.

At United Nations, Afghan women appeal: don’t let Taliban in 22 October 2021, 1:59 AM

A group of Afghan women urged the United Nations to block the Taliban from gaining a seat at the world body, calling for better representation for their country during a visit to the organisation's New York headquarters on Thursday.

Memorial service set for Colin Powell at Washington National Cathedral on November 5 22 October 2021, 12:29 AM

A memorial service will be held for Colin Powell on November 5 at the Washington National Cathedral, a spokesperson for the former US Secretary of State said on Thursday.

Floods in India’s Uttarakhand leaves at least 64 dead, 11 missing 21 October 2021, 5:36 PM

Floods unleashed by days of unseasonal heavy rain have killed at least 46 people and 11 were missing, India's Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday (October 21).

EU leaders set to rebuke Poland for challenging their integration 21 October 2021, 10:19 AM

European Union leaders will pile pressure on their Polish counterpart on Thursday over a court ruling that questioned the primacy of European laws in a sharp escalation of ideological battles that risk precipitating a new crisis for the bloc.

NATO to agree master plan to deter growing Russian threat, diplomats say 21 October 2021, 4:43 AM

NATO defence ministers are set to agree a new master plan on Thursday to defend against any potential Russian attack on multiple fronts, reasserting a bid to deter Moscow despite the alliance's new focus on China, diplomats and officials said.

Brazil senators accuse Bolsonaro of “crimes against humanity” 21 October 2021, 3:23 AM

Brazilian senators accused President Jair Bolsonaro for "crimes against humanity."

Melbourne readies to exit world’s longest COVID-19 lockdowns 21 October 2021, 3:13 AM

Millions in Melbourne are readying to come out of the world's longest COVID-19 lockdown on Thursday night after Victoria state hit a key vaccination target, with pubs, restaurants and cafes racing to reopen their doors to fully vaccinated customers.

North Korea says US overreacting over submarine missile test 21 October 2021, 2:27 AM

North Korea said on Thursday the United States was overreacting to its recent missile test and questioned the sincerity of Washington's offers of talks, warning of consequences.

US to North Korea: it’s time for sustained, substantive talks 21 October 2021, 12:38 AM

The United States has offered to meet North Korea without preconditions and made clear that Washington has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said on Wednesday as the Security Council met over North Korea's latest missile launch.

White House lays out plan to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11 20 October 2021, 4:46 PM

The Biden administration on Wednesday outlined its plan to vaccinate millions of kids ages 5 to 11 as soon as the COVID-19 shot is approved for younger children, readying doses and preparing locations ahead of the busy holiday season.

China’s COVID-19 outbreak grows as cities race to trace infections 20 October 2021, 1:28 PM

China reported a fourth day of new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in a handful of cities across China, prompting alarmed local governments to double down on efforts to track potential carriers amid the country's zero-tolerance policy.

US captives in Haiti were helping rebuild quake-damaged homes 20 October 2021, 1:09 AM

The work of US and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti over the weekend included helping rebuild homes following an August earthquake on the island, according to their Ohio-based organisation that has aid projects all over the world.

N Korea says it conducted successful missile test from submarine – KCNA 20 October 2021, 12:33 AM

North Korea said it had test-fired a new ballistic missile from a submarine, state media reported on Wednesday, a day after authorities in South Korea and Japan detected an apparent weapons test.

UNSC called upon to use its leverage to find solution to Israel-Palestine conflict 19 October 2021, 9:00 PM

The United Nations Security Council has been called on to use its leverage to give new breathing space to new thinking that is peace-oriented and rights-respecting and that moves parties past the current impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

N Korea fires one ballistic missile off its east coast, S Korea military says 19 October 2021, 4:29 AM

North Korea fired one ballistic missile off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as Seoul opens a major arms fair, spy chiefs meet to discuss the nuclear standoff, and South Korea prepares to launch a space rocket.

US State Dept watchdog to review end of Afghanistan operations 19 October 2021, 3:02 AM

The US State Department's inspector general will review the end of the Biden administration's diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, including the emergency evacuation of the US embassy in Kabul, a spokesperson said on Monday.

US will not join Russia’s Afghanistan talks this week – State Dept 18 October 2021, 11:21 PM

The United States will not join international talks on Afghanistan organised by Russia this week due to logistical reasons, but is open to participating in the future, the State Department said on Monday.

Tributes continue to pour in for Colin Powell 18 October 2021, 8:02 PM

Tributes are continuing to pour in for former Republican US Secretary of State Colin Powell who died of COVID-19 related complications

Powell remembered as a “phenomenal leader” 18 October 2021, 4:07 PM

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies of COVID complications: Family statement 18 October 2021, 2:27 PM

Colin Powell, the first black US secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family said in a statement.

More than 20 dead after floods in south India 18 October 2021, 12:34 PM

At least 22 people were killed after heavy rains lashed the south Indian state of Kerala over the weekend, officials said.

Myanmar junta leader blames opponents for prolonging unrest 18 October 2021, 9:20 AM

The Burmese junta leader said on Monday that the ruling military is committed to peace and democracy, and that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should take into account the provocations and violence perpetrated by its opponents.